Baja Farmworkers’ Strike Continues Amid Dialogue
March 26, 2015 By Staff
Top Story — A strike by farm workers across Mexico’s Baja California peninsula continued on Wednesday despite the launch of talks involving workers, officials and farm operators, threatening the harvest of millions of dollars worth of produce, according to local media.
The strike was launched more than a week ago in the area surrounding the coastal town of San Quintín in protest against low pay, poor working conditions and labor abuses. Protesters have periodically blocked major highways and clashed with police sent to disperse their demonstrations. More than 200 have been arrested.
Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) announced on the previous day it is investigating allegations of abuse against farm workers in the Baja California peninsula amid an ongoing strike over the same issue.
Federal officials from the CNDH reportedly traveled to Baja California to interview workers about their claims that they have been attacked by local, state and federal police since their strike began. The CNDH also said it secured medical care for some 200 workers who were rescued from a farm where they were abused.
In February, a coalition of growers vowed to improve working conditions in the wake of a major Los Angeles Times investigation detailing the harsh conditions facing farm workers.
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